Welcome to PWInsider.com's ongoing coverage of WWE NXT Takeover: Rival from Winter Park, FL at Full Sail Live on the WWE Network.
The pre-game panel is Renee Young, Jason Albert, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. They welcomed everyone to the show and previewed the main events.
They went to a video feature on the NXT Chammpionship Contender's Tournament, leading into a feature on Adrian Neville vs. Finn Balor.
The panel discussed Balor vs. Neville. Jason Albert wondered if Finn Balor was showing up or if Demon Balor was.
They showed Kevin Owens entering the building earlier today in a pretty dapper suit.
They showed a video from last week where Hideo Itami was being interviewed after losing to Finn Balor when he was attacked by Tyler Breeze who screamed that Itami ruined it, because Tyler could have beaten him. The panel said William Regal made a decision today that they will face off tonight on the show.
They aired clips setting up Bull Dempsey vs. Baron Corbin for tonight.
The panel discussed the Four Way for the NXT Women's championship. Ric Flair is in attendance tonight.
NXT Women's champion Charlotte joined the panel. She said she was anxious and excited because it's the first Four Way for the Divas in NXT. She said Bayley was her friend but everyone is gunning for the title. She said she was outnumbered but she's beaten Natalya and Paige when no one thought she would and tonight she gets to show she's the best Diva in the game. She said she beat all of her challenger tonight in singles matches and Sasha Banks only beat her because she was an opportunist, and has never beaten her one on one.
They showed WWE NXT champion Sami Zayn showing up earlier tonight.
Outside, Byron Saxton polled fans on who was going to win the championship match tonight.
They aired a video feature on Owens vs. Zayn.
The pre-show closed out with predictions for the main event. Renee and Albert called Sami. Graves and Saxton declared Owens would win the title.
WWE NXT TAKEOVER: RIVAL
The announce team is Rich Brennan, Jason Albert and Corey Graves.
Hideo Itami vs. Tyler Breeze
Breeze had a selfie stick (all color coordinated with the same material as his ring gear) and a hot blonde plant (recent NXT Diva signee Gionna Daddio) hopped the rail to try and embrace him. Itami was all over Breeze early, looking for revenge. He drilled him with a series of kicks to the face as he was in the ropes but was pulled to the outside and had his leg snapped against the apron. Breeze began working over Itami's leg and brought him over to the ringpost, smashing the knee against it. He used the figure four on the ringpost to continue the carnage. Breeze locked on a Texas Cloverleaf, trying to force a submission. Itami made it to the ropes.
They went back and forth with some nice near falls. Breeze caught Itami with a kick as he went for a clothesline for a close near-fall. Breeze nailed a series of punches but Itami absorbed them and began kicking and striking the hell out of him. Itami nailed the hesitation dropkick into the corner and nailed a running kick for the pin.
Your winner, Hideo Itami!
Good opening match. They told a good story, had some nice near falls and there was a good spotlight on Itami as it came to an end.
Noel Foley is sitting in the crowd. She hosts Ringside or Riot for our friends at www.RingsideCollectibles.com.
They showed William Regal and one of the referees talking backstage with Kevin Owens but didn't explain why.
No DQ: Bull Dempsey vs. Baron Corbin
Corbin charged the ring and they began brawling. They went to the floor (there was a screwy clothesline over the top) and back into the ring, then up the aisle. Bull tossed Corbin into the ring apron and snapped him with a suplex on the entrance ramp. Dempsey stomped Corbin down on the floor and went under the ring looking for a weapon. Corbin made a comeback and scored a two count but was cut off. Dempsey nailed a flying headbutt but Corbin kicked out at two, which they played up as a big deal.
Corbin was tossed to the floor and then into the ring steps. Dempsey grabbed a steel chair and brought it into the ring. He went to nail Corbin but was caught with The End of Days and pinned.
Your winner, Baron Corbin!
Short but good brawl.
After the match, Corbin took the chair and set over Dempsey. I didn't care for that coming from a babyface as it sort of buried Dempsey. I'm curious where they go from here with him.
They showed William Regal and the referee speaking with NXT champ Sami Zayn.
They showed Bayley and Becky Lynch preparing.
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